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Live updates for the 2022 FCS football championship

'Boom!' Furman blows up Elon's fake field goal attempt in FCS playoffs
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First round scores from the FCS playoffs


FCS playoff action returned as the first round of the tournament kicked off Saturday, Nov. 26 with a full slate of games. Check out the results below:

The winners of the first round games face awaiting opponents in the second round next Saturday, Dec. 3. Here are the matchups:

All times Eastern. All games airing on ESPN+.

Click or tap here for the full bracket

1:00 am, November 27, 2022

Gardner-Webb stuns Eastern Kentucky


Gardner-Webb won its first-ever FCS playoff game, defeating Eastern Kentucky 52-41. The Runnin' Bulldogs were true to their nickname rushing for six touchdowns and over 400 yards. Narii Gaither was dominant, rushing for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Gardner-Webb's rushing attack came up big in the third quarter, where the offense went on a 21-0 run to boost a four-point lead to 24 points. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

In the loss, Eastern Kentucky quarterback Parker McKinney threw for 454 yards and five touchdowns. With the win, Gardner-Webb advances to play No. 5 William & Mary in the second round.

12:27 am, November 27, 2022

Weber State holds off North Dakota


Weber State held off North Dakota 38-31 on a snowy afternoon. The Wildcats jumped out to a 24-0 lead with 4:50 to play in the second half. By halftime, Weber State led 31-7. However, the Fighting Hawks showed their fight in the second half, ultimately losing by just seven points.

Weber State's run game led the way on offense, as the Wildcats had two 100-yard rushers in Josh Allen and Damon Bankston, with the team gaining 330 rushing yards and rushing for four touchdowns. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

With the win, Weber State advances to play No. 4 Montana State.

10:32 pm, November 26, 2022

New Hampshire outlasts Fordham in a shootout


New Hampshire and Fordham combined for 94 points in a shootout first-round game. After all of the points, the Wildcats defeated the Rams 52-42.  New Hampshire running back Dylan Laube had himself a day, finishing with 410 all-purpose yards, running for 157 yards. Laube scored three rushing touchdowns and score one receiving touchdown. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

In the loss, Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat finished with three touchdowns, finishing the season one behind the FCS single-season record. With the win, New Hampshire advances to play No. 8 Holy Cross.

10:13 pm, November 26, 2022

Delaware blasts Saint Francis (PA)

Delaware tries bizarre two-point attempt in FCS Playoffs

Delaware blasted Saint Francis (PA) 56-17. Quarterback Nolan Henderson accounted for five touchdowns in the win. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.


Delaware advances to play No. 1 South Dakota State in the second round of the playoffs next week.

9:39 pm, November 26, 2022

Richmond shuts out Davidson 41-0


Richmond shut out Davidson 41-0 in a first round matchup in the 2022 FCS Championship. Richmond's defense dominated the nation's leading rush offense, limiting Davidson to 3.1 yards per carry. The Wildcats could never get anything going, with their drives progressing as follows: four punts, one turnover on downs, one interception, two punts and one turnover on downs. Richmond's defense earned its first shutout in five seasons.

On offense, Richmond quarterback Reece Udinski finished 28-31 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Milan Howard ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

Richmond advances to play No. 2 Sacramento State in the second round of the playoffs next week.
8:05 pm, November 26, 2022

Furman handles Elon with a strong defensive showing

'Boom!' Furman blows up Elon's fake field goal attempt

Furman defeated Elon 31-6 behind a strong defensive effort. The Paladin defense limited Elon to just 77 rushing yards and held quarterback Matthew McKay to just a 50 percent completion percentage. Furman did not allow a touchdown and limited Elon to 5-17 on third downs.


Offensively, Furman dominated on the ground, finishing with 251 yards, 160 of which came in the second half. Quarterback Tyler Huff finished the game with 233 total yards and two total touchdowns. Click or tap here for complete stats from the game.

With the loss, Elon is still in search of is first-ever FCS playoff win. Meanwhile, Furman advances to play No. 7 UIW in the second round of the playoffs next week.

6:28 pm, November 26, 2022

Elon-Furman Halftime update


The first game of the 2022 FCS playoffs has reached halftime. Furman leads Elon 14-3 after two quarters. Furman quarterback Tyler Huff has played well, completing 10-15 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. The Paladin defense has also flexed its muscle in the first half — despite losing the time of possesion battle — limiting Elon to just a 36 percent third-down conversion rate and shutting down a fake field goal attempt.

See the first half stats below.

8:34 pm, November 20, 2022

Predicting the 2022 FCS championship bracket

2022 FCS bracket predictions: Every playoff game picked, through the national championship

The 2022 FCS playoffs are here! The full 24-team field was revealed on Sunday, Nov. 20. South Dakota State took the top seed, followed by Sacramento State and North Dakota State, respectively, at two and three.

With the complete field released and the first round starting on Saturday, Nov. 26, there's no better time to predict every round and game for the 2022 tournament.

Click or tap here for more on every playoff bracket prediction.

5:42 pm, November 20, 2022

2022 FCS playoff selections announced

INDIANAPOLIS —The field of 24 teams competing for the 2022 NCAA Division I Football Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee. 

South Dakota State (10-1), winners of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, earned the top seed in their 11th consecutive appearance in the championship. The Jackrabbits went undefeated against FCS competition defeating all 10 opponents on their schedule.

MORE: Click or tap here for the full 2022 FCS playoff selections release

Sacramento State (11-0) is the number two seed earning the automatic qualifying berth from the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets are making their third overall appearance after going undefeated in their conference for the second year in a row. 

2022 NCAA Division I Football Championship Automatic Qualifiers

ASUN/WAC Eastern Ky.
Big Sky Sacramento St.
Big South Gardner-Webb
Colonial William & Mary
Missouri Valley South Dakota St.
Northeast Saint Francis (PA)
Ohio Valley Southeast Mo. St.
Patriot Holy Cross
Pioneer Davidson
Southern Samford
Southland Southeastern La.

2022 NCAA Division I Football Championship At-Large Selections

Delaware Colonial 7-4
Elon Colonial 8-3
Fordham Patriot 9-2
Furman Southern 9-2
Idaho Big Sky 7-4
Montana Big Sky 7-4
Montana St. Big Sky 10-1
New Hampshire Colonial 8-3
North Dakota MVFC 7-4
North Dakota St. MVFC 9-2
Richmond Colonial 8-3
UIW Southland 10-1
Weber St. Big Sky 9-2

Television schedules and game times for all rounds of the 2022 championship will be updated at All rounds of the FCS playoffs can be seen on ESPN’s family of networks with first-round games taking place Saturday, November 26 and concluding with the national championship game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. (ET) on ABC. 

BRACKET: Click or tap here to see the full 2022 FCS playoff bracket

FCS bracket
1:07 am, November 18, 2022

📺 How to watch the 2022 FCS selection show


The 2022 FCS championship selection show will air on Sunday, November 20 at 12:30 p.m. ET live on ESPNU. The complete tournament field and official bracket will be posted here shortly after it is unveiled.

24 teams will be selected for the championships. 11 will automatically qualify while the remaining 13 will be picked at large.

When: Sunday, November 20 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Where: ESPNU

The championship race will be at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Sunday, January 8. It will air on ABC at 2 p.m. ET.

Below is the schedule for the 2022 FCS Football championships:

First round

  • Saturday, Nov. 26 | Multiple Sites

Second round

  • Saturday, Dec. 3| Multiple Sites


  • Friday, Dec. 9 | Multiple Sites
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 | Multiple Sites


  • Friday, Dec. 16 | Semifinal I | Location TBD
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 | Semifinal II | Location TBD

National Championship

  • Sunday, Jan. 8 | National Championship: 2 p.m. ET | Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX | ABC
1:07 am, November 18, 2022

🎟 Tracking all 11 automatic bids

Eleven teams will receive automatic qualifying bids to the FCS playoffs. We tracked every automatic bid as teams punched their tickets.

Updated through Sat. Nov. 19, 2022.

ASUN-WAC Eastern Kentucky
Big Sky Sacramento State
Big South Gardner-Webb
CAA William & Mary
MVFC South Dakota State
NEC Saint Francis (PA)
Patriot Holy Cross
Pioneer* Davidson
SoCon Samford
Southland Southeastern Louisiana

*St. Thomas won the Pioneer Football League title but is ineligible for the postseason.

1:07 am, November 18, 2022

Championship history

Here's the FCS national championship history.

2021 North Dakota State Matt Entz 38-10 Montana State Frisco, Texas
2020 Sam Houston K.C. Keeler 23-21 South Dakota State Frisco, Texas
2019 North Dakota State Matt Entz 28-20 James Madison Frisco, Texas
2018 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 38-24 Eastern Washington Frisco, Texas
2017 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 17-13 James Madison Frisco, Texas
2016 James Madison Mike Houston 28-14 Youngstown State Frisco, Texas
2015 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 37-10 Jacksonville State Frisco, Texas
2014 North Dakota State Chris Klieman 29-27 Illinois State Frisco, Texas
2013 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 35-7 Towson Frisco, Texas
2012 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 39-13 Sam Houston State Frisco, Texas
2011 North Dakota State Craig Bohl 17-6 Sam Houston State Frisco, Texas
2010 Eastern Washington Beau Baldwin 20-19 Delaware Frisco, Texas
2009 Villanova Andy Talley 23-21 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2008 Richmond Mike London 24-7 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2007 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 49-21 Delaware Chattanooga, Tenn.
2006 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 28-17 Massachusetts Chattanooga, Tenn.
2005 Appalachian State Jerry Moore 21-16 UNI Chattanooga, Tenn.
2004 James Madison Mickey Matthews 31-21 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
2003 Delaware K.C. Keeler 40-0 Colgate Chattanooga, Tenn.
2002 Western Kentucky Jack Harbaugh 34-14 McNeese State Chattanooga, Tenn.
2001 Montana Joe Glenn 13-6 Furman Chattanooga, Tenn.
2000 Georgia Southern Paul Johnson 27-25 Montana Chattanooga, Tenn.
1999 Georgia Southern Paul Johnson 59-24 Youngstown State Chattanooga, Tenn.
1998 Massachusetts Mark Whipple 55-43 Georgia Southern Chattanooga, Tenn.
1997 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 10-9 McNeese State Chattanooga, Tenn.
1996 Marshall Bob Pruett 49-29 Montana Huntington, W.Va.
1995 Montana Don Read 22-20 Marshall Huntington, W.Va.
1994 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 28-14 Boise State Huntington, W.Va.
1993 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 17-5 Marshall Huntington, W.Va.
1992 Marshall Jim Donnan 31-28 Youngstown State Huntington, W.Va.
1991 Youngstown State Jim Tressel 25-17 Marshall Statesboro, Ga.
1990 Georgia Southern Tim Stowers 36-13 Nevada Statesboro, Ga.
1989 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 37-34 Stephen F. Austin * Statesboro, Ga.
1988 Furman Jimmy Satterfield 17-12 Georgia Southern Pocatello, Idaho
1987 Louisiana-Monroe Pat Collins 43-42 Marshall Pocatello, Idaho
1986 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 48-21 Arkansas State Tacoma, Wash.
1985 Georgia Southern Erk Russell 44-42 Furman Tacoma, Wash.
1984 Montana State Dave Arnold 19-6 Louisiana Tech Charleston, S.C.
1983 Southern Illinois Rey Dempsey 43-7 Western Carolina Charleston, S.C.
1982 Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd 17-14 Delaware Wichita Falls, Texas
1981 Idaho State Dave Kragthorpe 34-23 Eastern Kentucky Wichita Falls, Texas
1980 Boise State Jim Criner 31-29 Eastern Kentucky Sacramento, Calif.
1979 Eastern Kentucky Roy Kidd 30-7 Lehigh Orlando, Fla.
1978 Florida A&M Rudy Hubbard 35-28 Massachusetts Wichita Falls, Texas

* -- Stephen F. Austin's participation in 1989 championship vacated.